The Difference it Makes
Edited by Justin Cruickshank
Published March 20th 2003 by Routledge – 256 pages
Critical realism is a movement in philosophy and the human sciences most closely associated with the work of Roy Bhaskar. Since the publication of Bhaskars A Realist Theory of Science, critical realism has had a profound influence on a wide range of subjects. This reader makes accessible, in one volume, key readings to stimulate debate about and within critical realism.
It explores the following themes:
* transcendental realist
* the theory of explanatory critique
* Bhaskar's critical naturalist philosophy of science.
'The book contains a solid introduction, is well edited and should be accessible to students as well as experts across a wide range of social scientific and humanities disciplines.' - Journal of Critical Realism 2:1 November 2003, Gary Potter
'In demonstrating both the dangers and avoidability of idealism, and in outlining an alternative, the collection will serve as a useful work of reference for social scientists.' - Andrew Sayer, Sociology
Part I: The Self - Method and Ethics
Part II: Social Science and Critique after the Linguistic Turn
Part III: Method, Politics and Policy
Part IV: Political Economy and Globalism
Justin Cruickshank is Lecturer in the Methodology and Philosophy of Social Science at Nottingham Trent University.